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Need a Quick Thoughtful Source for Environmental Insight? Ensia is Your Answer

November 1, 2013Patrick NunnallyProgram & AnnouncementsComments Off on Need a Quick Thoughtful Source for Environmental Insight? Ensia is Your Answer

Dedicated readers of this blog (both of you!) know that I’ve been writing recently about myths, narratives, the Mississippi River, and the critical need to go beyond our “Mark Twain zone” of only general familiarity with the river.

A highly informative story about “big water” has been good grist for the mill.  20th century heroic mega projects such as Hoover Dam, the dams that impounded rivers throughout the Southeastern US and brought power to many rural homes, and countless other projects we can name are steadily becoming things of the past.  This is not 100% true yet; there are always dam builders lurking with their plans and IMF forecasts of benefits, but even a place like Las Vegas is beginning to understand how water conservation is cheaper than a mega project, and can achieve results at a scale that really matters.

This is a vital insight, because in coming years as we are all asked to conserve water, we may wonder “what difference does it really make if I leave the faucet running while I brush my teeth?”  Scale that individual action up, and the results can be impressive.

Speaking of impressive, Ensia magazine, produced by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, is rapidly becoming a “go to” source for me on all sorts of things.  There are of course articles by award-winning journalists on issues relating to ecosystems, water, and the other sorts of issues that you’d expect in coverage of “the environment.”  Ensia also addresses business, technology, and culture, adding much-needed breadth and complexity to the discussion.

Put Ensia on your blogroll, add it to your RSS or bookmark page, follow them on Twitter and Facebook; whatever you need to do, keep up with these folks.  It’s cutting edge thinking, expressed well enough to be understood by all of us.



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